Christmas day in Surry County was uneventful for most law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean that county emergency services had much of a break.
The rain that began Christmas afternoon and continued through late Wednesday morning caused headaches for local responders, knocking down trees throughout the county and causing some property damage, according to John Shelton, emergency services director.
Shelton said the county received reports of numerous trees down throughout the storm, and those reports were spread throughout the area.
“We had a large number of trees down, which was to be expected with the amount of rain we had,” he said. “And there were some reports of small buildings and carports with roof damage.”
According to the emergency services director, the county received calls of about 50 trees falling due to the rain and high winds.
“With the rain and wind, we had what I would describe as significant issues,” he said. “Fire departments and the Department of Transportation were dispatched to take care of blocked access to roads and tree removal.”
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., reported that the county received between one and two inches of rain in less than 24 hours, with skies clearing during the early afternoon hours.
“We had a brief wind advisory in place for Surry County but that didn’t last long,” said meteorologist William Perry. “And the higher amounts of rain were over toward the mountains.”
Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Fisher reported the county had wind gusts of up to 58 miles per hour, although sustained winds were much, much lower.
“It was real brief, but there were some pretty good gusts there for a little while,” he said.
About 10 power lines were reported down in the county.
Justin Landon, a spokesman for Duke Energy, said at the peak of the storm there were about 383 customers without power as a result of downed trees.
Most of the outages were reported Wednesday morning, and power was expected to be restored throughout the county by early to mid-afternoon.
“It wasn’t just one event, rather numerous outages due to downed trees, so it was pretty spread out,” Landon said. “Crews were immediately dispatched to restore power.”
Reach Keith Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-1929.